Launch day of the fellowship—YIPPY! Was excited to meet the other fellows and the mentors!

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Missed the morning bit because…. Meetings… then the trains… why is it that when you need to BE somewhere, there seems to be signal failure between Birmingham international and Coventry?

I arrive to studio 20/21 in Coventry just in time to witness the “falafel debacle” and to catch the second part of Juneau Projects presentation. Fast forward a bit, one half of the duo is now my mentor. ( CLAPS!)

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The day continues, lunches arrive and Dom takes a good gulp of water, and the other fellows share their work and practice. Incredibly talented people with creative and inspiring work. Already learning from them, and we only just met!

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We go on this great tour of the space and studios—wow talk about secret garden and beautiful wood work!

Back in and we continue to discuss technology and art and what a postdigital practice might look like. So much to explore!

Themes emerging from the other fellows:

  • Power and Agency
  • Vulnerability and Safety
  • Materials and ‘own-making’

As far as my own work and initial ideas:

How can Flamenco, dance, shadow puppets, story telling, technology, play and vulnerable groups interact? What happens when you put elements that are not supposed to meet, together in a room to play and creatively interact? I am inspired to explore the intersection of these elements and to learn more about how dance technologies can facilitate audience members to tap into their own passions and find a way to connect with their personal beliefs and interests or creative sides.  I would like to honour a traditional element of storytelling and bring a modern twist to the art form? Can we be in a liminal space and explore unconventional venues to capture stories? Maybe children’s stories? Maybe explore storytelling through shadow puppets? I AM NOT SURE BUT I hope that the next few weeks, months and  my mentor Phil, offer insight into these questions.

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